Beardsley Blog

  • The Casualties of Re-Branding

    After 15 years of the same corporate identity/logo, Beardsley Architects + Engineers recently went through a rebranding initiative. Like many firms have experienced, the process takes several months and involves a good deal of external assessment and internal self exploration. After the messaging and positioning statements are developed, most firms begin to develop a logo which helps promote the brand.…

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  • Change of Occupancy

    Change of occupancy and the life safety issues that can be created by it is an area that is not well understood by building owners and to some extent design professionals. There is a Chapter 9 in the Existing Building Code of the State of New York dealing with this topic.…

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  • Fire Ratings in Doors

    ​Ever wonder why the door in a 2 hour partition is 1-1/2 hour rated? The reason is that the code assumes there will be a “lower fuel load” for a door than for a wall. That means that there will not be any flammable furniture or building contents placed immediately in front of a door.…

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  • Fire Ratings on Federal Design-Build Projects

    There has been a recent change to UFC 3-600-01 that could affect Fire Ratings if you are using the latest March 2013 version.…

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